The 2013 Holiday Season is in full swing. Employees use the web to buy gifts both from the office and at the house. Last week, Black Friday started a month of high-intensity online shopping. Last year, Internet protection company BrandProtect found that almost 3,000 fraudulent Holiday shopping sites were registered, and this year is not any different.
These sites use special savings and "killer deals" as bait for phishing emails, and the scams infiltrate mobile apps and social media as well. Warn your users that the excitement of getting an awesome deal before it sells out often makes people throw out common sense and forget security policy. The bad guys count on this.
To make sure they don't lose out, users will click on suspicious links without first hovering to see where it goes, and open infected email attachments trying to get a great holiday deal. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday stretching out over weeks now, users really need to STOP, LOOK and THINK before they click.
Especially when an employee is using a mobile device to do their Holiday shopping this is a problem. Insecure online behavior by employees exposes your network resources and puts your company data to risk. Especially at this time of year, when a deal sounds too good to be true, it very likely is. Warn them, because your users are an essential part of your defense-in-depth.
The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
In IT we all know that antivirus never gives a 100% protection. But it is often very hard to communicate this to management and make the case for defense-in-depth. The higher-up management gets, the less they are familiar with IT, and that results in budget problems. This article was written for non-technical management and is meant as ammo to help you get more budget for IT security. Send it to your management team and help them understand:
The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time.
Let’s look at that in more detail. AV products need to protect against two general types of threats: ones that are known and threats that are unknown. The ones that are known, they have a signature for so that they can detect the threat and get rid of it. This is called reactive detection.
Then, there are threats that are still unknown, usually new, fresh threats created by the bad guys. AV products need to protect against those in a proactive way, and antivirus software can be scored looking at how many of those new threats they block.
This type of scoring on both reactive and proactive detection is actually being done by the antivirus industry’s premier site for insiders: Virus Bulletin. They have created so called RAP averages. RAP stands for “Reactive And Proactive”. They test all antivirus products every few months, and measure how each product does in both reactive and proactive detections of a large amount of threats. And they create a graph where these scores are plotted for all products. The proactive score is on the X-axis, and the reactive score is on the Y-axis.
The results are far from pretty, and you see none of the antivirus vendors promote their results with this test, for good reason. One well known, major antivirus industry player is routinely scoring no better than 80% reactive combined with a 70% proactive. And people wonder how come PCs still get infected by malware.
Click here to see the most recent graph full size at Virus Bulletin: You can check there how your antivirus vendor is doing, be prepared for a shocker though: http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml
The bad guys know this, and count on it. That is why having antivirus (end-point security if you will) creates a false sense of security. Yes, you need antivirus, but don't rely on it for 100% protection. It is just as urgent for your defense-in-depth to have all employees do regular Internet Security Awareness Training and enforce compliance. Just one employee in a weak moment gets social engineered, clicks on a phishing email, and can cause untold grief, losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and massive legal bills.
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Quotes of the Week
"The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart." - St. Jerome
"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." - Lewis Carroll
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Social Engineering Causes Seattle Hospital 90K Databreach
Personal Health Information of 90,000 patients was accessed by hackers because an employee opened an infected email attachment early October this year. When will they learn that employees are the weak link in IT Security and need effective security awareness training? This could easily have been prevented, but now will cause millions of dollars in damage and a lot of anguish for the patients who now could be the next target.
Despite the fact UW Medicine claimed that patient information was not sought or targeted, that is likely wishful thinking. There is a market for complete patient records in the criminal dark web economy. A single patient's medical record is worth $30 - 50 on the black market, and the reason for that high number is that a person cannot "delete" their own medical history, like you could cancel a stolen credit card number.
Now 90,000 people need to watch their email, because the bad guys have all the information to send them highly targeted spear-phishing email, for instance offering them new health care insurance at a very advantageous rate.
UW Medicine said in their Press Release:
"In early October 2013, a UW Medicine employee opened an email attachment that contained malicious software (malware). The malware took control of the computer, which had patient data stored on it. UW Medicine staff discovered this incident the following day and immediately took measures to prevent any further malicious activity.
Data about patients may have included: name, medical record number, other demographics (which may include address, phone number), dates of service, charge amounts for services received at UW Medicine, Social Security Number or HIC (Medicare) number, date of birth.
The incident was referred to the FBI, and patients may be contacted by the FBI as part of its investigation. UW Medicine has also implemented a review, training and outreach effort as a result of this incident."
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